Poland will be an honourary guest at this year’s Design Week Lithuania, held at the beginning of May 2017. DWL will show five exhibitions featuring the best of Polish design. It will be the biggest presentation of Polish design in Lithuania to date.
The exhibitions aim to present the potential of Polish designers and their innovative products.. It also strives to change the perception of contemporary Polish design in Lithuania, where it is associated rather with highly-accessible furniture, rather than high-quality design. When young designers mark their products with the words ‘Design from Poland’, they are working to change that and become household names on the global design market. Marcin Łapczyński, director of the Polish Institute in Vilnius, says:
I’m glad that thanks to the organisers and the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, we’ll be able to present the biggest presentation of Polish design in Lithuania to date. Both Poland and Lithuania rich design histories, which occupy a special place in their culture, as well as in their economies. Our designers are inspired by nature and their surroundings, while valuing history and tradition. However, despite geographic, historical and cultural proximity, our respective design traditions are still unknown across our common border. That is why, by participating in Design Week Lithuania, we wish to present the best of Polish design – our young, ambitious, and creative artists, whose designs are already drawing attention around the world.
Poland, being an honorary guest of Lithuania Design Week, has prepared a wide range of exhibitions. Their main organisers were the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, under its flagship brand Culture.pl, and the Polish Institute in Vilnius. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute organised the following exhibitions:
We: Beauty of Diversity
A series of socially-engaging events. The exhibition is a space to observe acts of tolerance and reactions to diversity. By presenting the relationship between clothing and the human body, as well as unique glassware juxtaposed with leaves, the authors, Agnieszka Bar and Julia Janus, actually pose a relevant question about the source of human intolerance.
The exhibition will be presented in Vilnius, 1st–3rd May 2017 and in Klaipėda, 5th–7th May 2017.
The pieces presented at the exhibition were all designed by artists from the Baltic countries, and are thus deeply rooted in the material and craftsmanship traditions of that region. The Baltic sea became a common language, connecting neighbors, who have so far been estranged from one another.
The exhibition will be presented in Vilnius, 3rd May–15th June 2017.
Polish Design: In the Middle of
An interactive exhibition which shows 30 pieces by Polish designers – both world-renowned and up-and-coming. The works presenedt at the exhibition demonstrate the potential of Polish design and helps to recreate the thought process behind each piece. Polish design is constantly developing, changing and inspiring innovation. The exhibition displays different fields of design: apart from industrial design, one can also enjoy graphic design and crafts. It allows viewers to experience the humour, empathy and way of thinking of Polish designers.
The exhibition will be held in Kaunus, 5th–28th May 2017.
Maria Ostrowska, Acting Manager of Polska Design at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, said:
Design serves as a platform for the presentation of contemporary Polish culture and the promotion of Polish creativity.
Second Polish Exhibition of Graphic Symbols
A presentation of Polish logotypes and visual identifications from 1945 to 1969 alongside modern ones from the years 2000 to 2015. The exhibition reconstructs a legendary exhibition from 1969, complemented by a collection of the new achievements of Polish designers.
The compilation of the graphic symbols and visual identifications created in Poland in diverse historical times is a rare opportunity to compare two different visual cultures and to show the differing forms, definitions, and functions of graphic design.
An overview of the best work by design students from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
Source: promotional materials; Compiled by MKD, Apr 2017, translated by WF, Apr 2017